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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Car Owner’s Simple Guide to Car Maintenance

It sure is fun to drive a new car, but are you aware of the things that you should check on a daily or weekly basis? It is true what they say about new cars: all that you basically need to do is get in the car and drive it. If you notice something different about the performance, just return the car to the dealership to get it fixed under warranty.

However, owner’s neglect is not covered by the warranty. This is the reason why you should always perform basic maintenance procedures at least once a week, to make sure that your car is running in perfect condition.

If you own a used or older car, it is well-advised that you check your car daily before driving to work. It is also best to check the oil level and tire pressure every time that you fill up the tank (especially if you’re tires are worn.)

BuyingAdvice.com presents to you the car owner’s simple guide to car maintenance. Simply follow a few simple steps to avoid the hassles of breaking down in the middle of nowhere (and getting late to work):

Basic Car Maintenance

Daily

1. Check tire pressure. You can use a small tire gauge to correctly determine the air pressure in each tire. If you are not sure, check the owner’s manual, or simply maintain a tire pressure of 31 psi. Never judge the air pressure by just looking at the tire.

2. Check oil and water level. This may sound like a hassle, but who has the time to open the hood and check the engine fluids every single day? Ideally, the oil and water level of the engine should be inspected daily, but you should at least try to do this simple activity at least once a week. Hint: if you are going for a long drive, do not forget to check the fluid levels.

3. Check brake pedal travel. Start the engine and repeatedly pump the brake pedal. If the pedal pushes all the way to the floor, you should seek assistance immediately. The brakes are responsible for stopping the car. Enough said.

Weekly

1. Clean the car, or go to a car wash. Washing your with shampoo and water at least once a week will help preserve the paint finish. This will also preserve the value of your investment. You should also vacuum the carpeting and the seats while you’re at it.

2. Again, check the engine oil and the water inside the radiator or coolant reservoir. If you notice any water leaks or oil leaks, have this checked by a mechanic immediately.

3. Check the condition of your tires. Worn tires are dangerous because they provide less grip on the road surface. Replace worn or bald tires immediately.

4. Start the engine and turn on all your lights. Step out of the car, or have a friend check your headlights, tail lights, position lights, and fog lamps. Make sure that all lights working properly. Replace worn or defective light bulbs to avoid any run-ins with your local law enforcement agency.

That’s it! As simple as it may sound, performing these simple tasks will provide you with a more enjoyable driving experience.

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